Working with clay has been the central force for Alison Kay over the past 35 years of her career. Having studied at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design, Dublin from 1971-1974, she subsequently taught at the renamed Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design and Technology from 1990-2000 and now works from her studio in Shankill, Co. Dublin.
Her current sculptural work is coil and slab built using white clay, then gradually pared back and attentively worked to achieve a sense of volume and tautness. Layers of coloured Terra Sigillata (a fine liquid clay that resembles a glaze) are applied and then buffed to a shine. After the firing process, patterns are applied to the surface and then the piece is smoke fired. Through this process, the aim is to create elegant forms that are contemporary while still showing references to the past.
Alison Kay’s work is in several public collections including the National Museum of Ireland, The Office of Public Works, Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland – Foreign Embassy’s Collection. She has also exhibited at the Irish Pavilion, Shanghai in 2011.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2009 The Mill Cove Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Selected Group Exhibitions
2013 Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
2013 Irish Craft Portfolio, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
2012 Source, The Concourse, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
2012 The Art of Craft. The Market Place Arts Centre, Armagh, Northern Ireland
2012 Scotland Irish Craft Portfolio, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
2010 Breath, Bluewall Gallery, Cavan, Ireland
2010 Irish Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition, Mill Cove Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2010 Sculpture in Context, The National Botanical Gardens, Dublin
2010 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2009 Organic Geometry, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
2009 Designers and Makers, F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
2009 Second Nature, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford, Ireland
2009 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2008 Sculpture in Context, National Botanical Gardens, Dublin
2008 Ceramics at the Hallward, The Hallward Gallery, Dublin
2008 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Dublin